Deep within the forest, the tallest of all trees survive. They spread their thick branches filled with leaves in the blue sky and give us oxygen to breathe.
Their trunk is very broad and many of these beautiful giants are in the jungle for hundreds of years.
These powerful trees are known as Mafmira (known as Lapuna in Spanish) and there are many stories that claim that Mafmira has a soul that protects the forest.
The Legend of the Mafumeira
One such story was told by an old man whose name was Adao.
One day, long ago, Adam and his two young friends decided that by cutting trees in the jungle they would earn money by selling wood to local farmers and builders.
Three friends made a small cabin in the jungle and pulled out one morning to cut their first tree. A tree provided enough wood for three men to lead an honest life for the whole month.
The farmers were happy and there were also builders.
And for every tree, they put two children’s samples of cut off three friends, which one day would grow in powerful Mafumira.
‘This way we keep the forest healthy and happy,’
Adao will say every time with a smile when he planted a plant on earth.
‘And if we look after the forest, then the forest will take care of us.’
Adao and his friends were happy in the woods to plant the plants. He loved his ordinary cabin and he enjoyed his workers.
He never cut a mafoama tree every month and he always used to ensure the child’s samples for showing respect to the forest.
But then, keeping almost Adao in mind, things began to change.
Adam’s friends started to see the trees in a different way.
One asked, ‘Why is it that we cut a tree each month only when we can cut many more?’
The second said, ‘If we cut more trees, then we can earn a lot of money.’
Adao was very upset to talk to his friends in such a way that they respected the forest and did not want to cut down the necessary trees.
But his friends were not dissatisfied and so he collected his savings and bought a big tractor and more cutting tools.
They went out with their new equipment in the jungle and started cutting trees after the tree.
The powerful bow fell to the ground after each other,
and Adam’s heart full of sadness filled with the crashing and tearing forest of Loopuna trees in the form of a forest.
He asked, ‘What are you doing, my friend?’ ‘We should not disrespect the forest in this way.’
But two friends will not listen; Instead, they cut and broke the trees and load them on the tractor after each other. They could think about money;
Legend of the Mafumeira
They no longer cared for the forest.
Two friends became so skilled in breaking the powerful Mafmira trees that soon the Adao was unable to replace the fallen trees with enough plants.
He knew what his friends were doing, but he was unable to stop them because they were blinded by greed.
He was convinced that he was alone to stop the forest from being degrading and he was fast losing heart.
But he was not alone. La Mafamira was watching and listening to the spirit,
and the soul was very angry that the trees were being cut in such an insulting manner.
The Legend of the Mafumeira
That night, as soon as Adam wakes up in his coat in a small cabin, he heard powerful trees growing in the forest and was convinced that he was feeling a strange presence around.
In the air, he could have whispered words out in the night. ‘You will not treat the forest like this.
You will not be innocent I am the spirit of Mafmira and I am here to protect and preserve trees and animals. ‘
The next day things were not planned for Adam’s friends. Both men awoke for a terrible pain in their stomach and they did not see anything to reduce the pain.
Despite their inconvenience, Greed pulled both the people out of their coat and ensured that they collected the tools of cutting and prepared for the next day.
But then the tractor will not start.
One said, ‘I do not care about the tractor.’ ‘I am cutting trees even today.’
‘And I do not care about pain in my stomach,’
the other said that he grabbed his ax and got ready to cut the mafmira tree near it.
Poor Adam asked his friends what they were doing and spend days planting in the forest, but neither the man would listen.
As soon as he blew his axes a powerful wind through the forest. Mafumira trees were flowing and crushed and moaned in the air and very heavy rain started to fall.
Wind and rain destroyed the cabin and reversed the tractor. Then one of the friends dropped his ax and cut his leg very badly.
The wind grew stronger and stronger until the cabin was nothing but some broken frames.
The tractor was washed away because the nearby river had broken its banks and it was then that Adam’s friends were suddenly scared.